I had to wait a bit to post something about getting my blue belt in Muay Thai. The old “getting the belt” posts are somewhat light on content, so I figured that if I waited for something else to happen, there would actually be something to read.
There is a short story that goes along with the blue belt test though. I know this sounds terrible, but for the first time in my life, I thought I was going to “lose it” from over overexertion. You know what I mean. I didn’t though, so you can get that look off your face.
For the few weeks prior to the test, I trained too much. My old body wants to stay young and my brain hasn’t yet figured out how to handle that. I went to extra classes and did too many things. I don’t even know why. It may be because I was a class short to test and I had to make up for it mentally by overdoing it. I kept telling myself that I don’t care about belts, but something went haywire inside and I acted erratically. Truth be told, I was a little annoyed at the whole situation.
Whatever. I made up a class and took the test. Now I have the blue belt and feel better about it. The left half of my brain says belts don’t matter, but the right half says that I should take something if someone is handing it to me. Plus, one never knows when one may need a black belt in Muay Thai.
The test was a simple ten minute round of multiple Muay Thai combinations. Easy enough. I thought I was just going to do the round and leave. That is until I threw my first punch and realized that I didn’t have an ounce of energy. You should have seen my partner’s face. Such disappointment. He kept yelling at me to pick up the pace, but I don’t think he understood how I was feeling inside. I had nothing. I did make it through somehow and like I said above, I got the belt.
Muay Thai – Krav Maga Blue Belt
In other news, today was my first live sparring session in Muay Thai. Let me tell you, this is what I have been waiting a year and a half for.
The other day, I was just talking about how I am getting tired of learning technique. I want to apply it. Well, now that my school offers sparring sessions after class for a half-hour, I get to.
Today was awesome. There were four of us and we did about ten minutes of sparring drills, then ten more minutes of faster pace sparring drills mixing things up a bit and then for the last ten minutes, it was just free sparring. Believe it or not, all that technique actually worked. I was blocking, throwing punches and kicks like it was nobody’s business. Of course I couldn’t go all out, but it was enough to realize that this is my calling. It’s a special day when you realize that your calling is to avoid getting punched in the head.
There was one thing our instructor emphasized at the end and that was for us to go slow when sparring. There is a strong tendency for beginners to get hit and then react badly with an all-out assault on our partners. As you can guess, that’s not good for anyone. I need to stay aware of this because I have a little problem with things like this.
To get an idea of the pace of good sparring, take a look at the video below. Please note that this is not me in the video.
Muay Thai Sparring